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March of Progress, The


Published 1945


Tour of the modern interurban trolley system of San Francisco's East Bay and over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Predicts the bright postwar future of streetcar transit, with visionary images of advanced-design railcars. The Key System transbay service was abandoned in 1961.


Run time 19:42
Producer Harman (Hugh) Productions
Sponsor Key System
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


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Reviewer: Transit Jeff - - February 10, 2010
Subject: Key System film
Who would have thought that we'd come full circle again in this country where this form of transportation is the wave of the future "again". But this is largely due to the demise of the greedy corporations like General Motors, et. al., who helped to kill off electric rapid transit systems like the Key System. Thankfully, GM is almost dead {but not quite buried yet} and can no longer destroy mass transit.
Reviewer: Curtis E. Bear - - March 18, 2004
Subject: A local gem
What a great film of interest to anyone who knows and knew the area. A lot of fascinating vintage shots. The future then looked pretty cool. This was produced by Hugh Harman, who was one of the pioneers of the golden age of animation (he started with Disney in Kansas City, then went to Warner's and MGM).
I still remember the heavy smell of roasting coffee from the Hills Brothers plant as you approached the S.F. end of the bridge.
If only BART could approach what the Key System did.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 4, 2003
Subject: We were happy on the bus.. until.. War!
An oddball film that just goes all OVER the map, and never really gets to the point til the final third and then wanders off again,
We start this story about this transit corperation with, of course, a history of San Fransisco. We see some (badly done!) mexican hat dances and some footage of the San Fransisco fire. What this has to do with SF transit is never explained. Finally, it settles in and talks about how people were travelling on ferry before the bridge was built. Then trains and busses were built. Then it starts going a little off track and talks about the war, it tries to justify the meaning of this by saying our women have taken up the slack left by the men. Finally, it finishes by telling us about the trains of the future. But, since this is a film that is totally unfocused, along comes a cute animated character which adds NOTHING to the film. Pretty weird.
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